Our research

We have ongoing and completed research projects in a variety of areas of education, covering all stages, from early years to post-compulsory. 

Key current projects

An Evaluation of HeadStart Wolverhampton
We are undertaking the evaluation of this £8.8m Big Lottery Funded project which is bringing services and programmes around resilience and mental health for young people in Wolverhampton.
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Against the Odds
The purpose of the study is to produce a comprehensive and accurate picture of the Progress 8 gap between disadvantaged students and their peers in English secondary state schools.
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Data and Disadvantage: Taking a Regional Approach Towards Human Data Interaction (HDI)
This is a collaborative, exploratory regional project. It aims to facilitate cross-sector debate with local agencies, companies and consortiums on the inclusion of appropriate training in digital skills plans, to help learners to make informed decisions on sharing their data.
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EdTech Hub
Professor John Traxler, based in the University’s Education Observatory in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, is working with the EdTech Hub, to undertake the research and drafting for two reports which will help governments around the world combat the educational challenges produced by the current pandemic.

The EdTech Hub is a global initiative supported by UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank and Gates Foundation.
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Key past projects

Enhanced Government Learning (EAGLE)
EAGLE stands for ‘Enhanced Government Learning’ and is a 3-year project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.
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Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery
This study is concerned with creative practice and mental health and well-being. It is funded by an AHRC Connected Communities grant.
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Evaluation of the I Can Early Talk programme
This qualitative evaluation of the I Can Early Talk (ET) programme at supportive level was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), now the Department for Education (DfE). The research was conducted in 14 Sure Start (children’s centres) in England in 2010, focusing on children aged 3 to 4 years old.
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Methods: Modernisation of Teaching Methodologies in Higher Education
With three years and almost €1m this project has embedded best practice in ICT in Education through knowledge, tools and infrastructure in universities in Jordan and Pakistan.
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Young Parenting Programme
We began evaluating North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate and District Foundation Trust’s young parenting programme in collaboration with colleagues from Northumbria University in February 2018.
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Developing a Gender Equality Charter Mark
The objective of this EU funded project is to create whole-school change in schools for 13–18 year olds, that will impact on young people’s expectations of gender roles and challenge gender stereotyping through the creation of a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GECM) quality standard and accreditation tool.
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